Mary Hutchens to Travel to Slovakia to Minister to Children

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope this finds you well and as excited about 2020 as I am. A new year lets us anticipate a fresh start and hope for the future. One for me is a new grandson expected in March. The other is an exciting opportunity I want to share with you and hope you will partner with me in some way.

I will be involved with the East European Missions Network (EEMN.org) traveling to Slovakia for several weeks in July (1-20th).

A visiting member of this group gave a presentation at our church late last year and it just struck me that I could possibly fulfill a childhood dream of going to the mission field. I did not jump into this lightly. I prayed about it, asked some close friends to do the same and investigated the organization and their programs. My prayer was, “Lord, if this is not Your will, please close the door”. Not only have no doors closed, but my limited location and date window was willingly received. I begin team training in just a few weeks.

The EEMN works in former communist countries faced with the challenge of rebuilding the spiritual foundation of Christianity, left almost void by several generations who have been influenced by governmental control and atheism. Established almost 30 years ago, this group has worked to build support teams by equipping all age groups with resources and personal contact from fellow Christians.

My focus will be working with the children leading a day camp with crafts, games and music, much like our VBS programs. Most of you know that is right down my alley! I would like to ask you to partner with me financially, if possible, to make this journey. The total cost is almost $3000 per team member.

I would ask you to prayerfully consider helping me reach this call of serving several hundred children in the 2 locations we will visit. If you feel this is an opportunity you can be a part of, please respond by returning this form and any contribution you feel led to include to me by March 15th if possible.

Please respond as the Lord leads you by using the form below and sending to me at:

Mary Hutchens, 503 Hadley Dr, Lexington, NC 27295

Thank you and God Bless as we work together sharing the Great Commission, Matt. 28:19-20.

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Jill Miller to use her Nursing Skills in Helping to Establish a Medical Clinic in Mozambique

In March, our team will travel to Mozambique to establish a medical clinic. We will medically assess 250 children who attend school at the mission and are blessed to participate in a feeding program where they receive a hot meal every day. For most of these children, this may be the only meal they have during the day. Part of our team will also host a Woman’s Conference and attend several churches to minister.

The purpose of our trip is two-fold: to encourage and reach the people of Mozambique with the good news of Jesus Christ and to bring a renewed awareness and excitement for evangelistic to our local church and community. We will simply be doing what Jesus commanded us in the Great Commission of Matthew 28: 18-20.

Jill must raise $1,715 in order to be a part of this Medical Team. If you would like to support her please write a check to Union Lutheran and on the Memo line write Jill Miller.

We will then write one check to her sponsoring church:
Sunset Avenue Church of God

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Dedication of Narthex Expansion

Narthex Expansion Dedication Bulletin



What a beautiful and blessed day we had on Sunday, January 12, 2020!

It was wonderful to see so many present for the dedication of the narthex expansion.

Union Lutheran Church will now be an even more open and welcoming congregation to those young and old, and of different abilities.

The meal following with delicious – such delicious food and fellowship. Praise be to God!

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Baptism of Wyatt James Thompson

We rejoice in the baptism of Wyatt James Thompson, son of Derrick and Miranda Thompson, and younger brother of Dalton Thompson!

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SUICIDE: What does the Bible teach about this reality in our fallen world?

As of this writing I am not sure how many weeks we will be dealing with this difficult topic as I am in the process of developing it for you.

I have been in active pastoral ministry for over 46 years. One of the most difficult areas of pastoral care is dealing with suicide. I have had to minister to people and families whose lives have been torn asunder because a loved one or friend took their own lives.

A few years ago I taught a session on suicide and over 70 people came. The great majority had experienced the pain of suicide either in their family, or had been touched by a tragic death by someone they knew. Many times people believe things about suicide that have no biblical basis.

My presenting these modules on suicide help to address these issues as well as to give practical advice when one’s life is turned upside down by the aftermath of suicide.

– Pastor Tom Corbell

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

Advent Litany   

  1. Praise be to your God!
  2. For He has done marvelous things.
  3. He promised to send His Son, Jesus.
  4. We wait and anticipate His coming anew!

Today we continue in  the Season of Advent. The color is blue and is symbolic of hope. The first  candle is called THE PROPHECY CANDLE. The SECOND CANDLE IS CALL THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE.  THE THIRD CANDLE IS CALLED THE SHEPHERD’S CANDLE . TODAY WE LIGHT THE FOURTH CANDLE WHICH IS CALLED THE ANGEL’S CANDLE. It IS THE TIME WHEN THE ANGEL Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God and name Him Jesus.

 We read from Luke 1:26-31

          26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

WE NOW LIGHT THE ANGELS’S CANDLE AND WE SING
VERSE 1through 4 OF “LIGHT ONE CANDLE’ IN WOV 630

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Third Sunday in Advent

Advent Litany 

  1. Praise be to your God!
  2. For He has done marvelous things.
  3. He promised to send His Son, Jesus.
  4. We wait and anticipate His coming anew!

 Today we continue in the Season of Advent. The color is blue and is symbolic of hope. The first candle is called THE PROPHECY CANDLE. The SECOND CANDLE IS CALL THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE.      THE THIRD CANDLE IS CALLED THE SHEPHERD’S CANDLE It leads us back to the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel who told the Jews who had been in captivity for 70 years that they would be led home to Judah. God’s Great Shepherd would bring them home.  Many years later Jesus would give Himself the title “The Good Shepherd.

 11‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12“As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13“And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14“I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15“I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. 16“I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”

WE NOW LIGHT THE SHEPHERD’S  CANDLE AND WE SING
VERSE 1,2 and 3 OF “LIGHT ONE CANDLE’ IN WOV 630

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Second Sunday in Advent

Advent Litany 

  1. Praise be to your God!
  2. For He has done marvelous things.
  3. He promised to send His Son, Jesus.
  4. We wait and anticipate His coming anew!

 Today we continue in the Season of Advent. The color is blue and is symbolic of hope. The first candle is called THE PROPHECY CANDLE. The SECOND CANDLE IS CALLED THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE.  It leads us back to the Old Testament prophet Micah who told where the Messiah would be born in the little town of Bethlehem. Micah prophesied in the latter part f the 8th century.

We read Micah 5:2-4

2     “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, (F-RA-THA)

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

Yet out of you shall come forth to Me

The One to be Ruler in Israel,

Whose goings forth are from of old,

From everlasting.”

3              Therefore He shall give them up,

Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;

Then the remnant of His brethren

Shall return to the children of Israel.

4              And He shall stand and feed His flock

In the strength of the Lord,

In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.

 

WE NOW LIGHT THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE AND WE SING

VERSES 1 and 2 OF  “LIGHT ONE CANDLE’ IN WOV 630

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First Sunday in Advent

Advent Litany 

  1. Praise be to your God!
  2. For He has done marvelous things.
  3. He promised to send His Son, Jesus.
  4. We wait and anticipate His coming anew!

 Today we begin the Season of Advent. The color is blue and is symbolic of hope. The fist candle is called THE PROPHECY CANDLE.         It leads us back to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah who told of the coming of the Messiah 800 years before Jesus was born. We read from Isaiah 9:2-7

2      The people who walked in darkness

Have seen a great light;

Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,

Upon them a light has shined.

3              You have multiplied the nation

And increased its joy;

They rejoice before You

According to the joy of harvest,

As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4     For You have broken the yoke of his burden

And the staff of his shoulder,

The rod of his oppressor,

As in the day of Midian.

 5      For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle,

And garments rolled in blood,

Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.

 6      For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 7     Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

WE NOW LIGHT THE PROPHECY CANDLE AND WE SING

VERSE 1 OF  “LIGHT ONE CANDLE’ IN WOV 630

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Advent

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Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. The term “Advent” is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath first appeared in Germany in 1839. A Lutheran minister working at a mission for children created a wreath out of the wheel of a cart. He placed twenty small red candles and four large white candles inside the ring. The red candles were lit on weekdays and the four white candles were lit on Sundays.

Eventually, the Advent wreath was created out of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life in the midst of winter and death. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible. Advent candles are often nestled in the evergreen wreath. Additional decorations, like holly and berries, are sometimes added. Their red color points ahead to Jesus’ sacrifice and death. Pinecones can symbolize the new life that Jesus brings through His resurrection. Families begin lighting a candle on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and they light another candle each subsequent Sunday. *

At Union Lutheran we use the color blue for both the cloth paraments on the altar, lectern and pulpit. The four candles are also blue and the color blue represents “hope”. Our hope is in the coming One – Jesus Christ our Lord.

* https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/christmas-and-advent/advent-wreath-candles-understanding-the-meaning-history-tradition.html

Our Advent Wreath Lighting Families

12/2   First Sunday in Advent – The Prophecy Candle – The Dusty Morgan Family
12/9   Second Sunday in Advent – The Bethlehem Candle – The Luther John Lyerly Family
12/16 Third Sunday in Advent – The Shepherd Candle – The Matt Miller Family
12/23   Fourth Sunday in Advent – The Angels Candle – The Pete Nguyen Family

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